Yummy! We love Nutella and were very excited for this recipe. These did turn out to be "cute as a button," but that didn't stop us from eating them. They made for a great Mother's Day treat. All of the mothers (and children) enjoyed them. All were surprised when they bit in and found nutella in the center.
For such a simple recipe we sure did use a lot of bowls. The recipe was very easy, yet everything had it's own bowl as we prepped things. We mixed the batter by hand, and used the mixer to beat the egg whites. My daughter thought the batter was similar in texture to the pancakes we make. I'm sure this had something to do with the folding in of the egg whites, as that is how we prepare our pancakes. The batter was light and airy, yet it produced a rather dense cake. That was a bit of a surprise, delicious none the less. I'm guessing the batter had to be dense in order to hold the nutella in the center.
We did measure the batter and nutella into the cups using measuring spoons and found that spraying the measuring spoons helped release the batter, as did a small blunt knife to help give the final push. My daughter gave me the tip to spray the spoons as she had learned it in Home Ec (or as she calls it FACS) last week. I was glad to hear that they were learning useful tips.
We baked these for 15 minutes and they looked perfect, with beautiful domes on top. We of course made the chocolate ganache to dip them in. How could they not be dipped in chocolate?! They are a perfect little treat.
I skipped the last week's recipe so it was nice to be back.
This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking Chez Moi.